Kevin Short, a junior college transfer from Fort Scott CC, was declared ineligible for the 2013 season by the NCAA this morning.
Earlier this week, Weis briefly addressed Short’s situation by saying that the transfer “has some personal things going on.”
Today, Kansas Athletics and Weis released this statement regarding the matter:
“Late yesterday we received notice from the NCAA that Kevin Short would not be allowed to compete in games this year. Their rationale was that because Kevin has a redshirt year available it would be best spent solidifying his academics. He will still have two years of eligibility remaining after this season.
We are extremely disappointed with this decision. Kevin’s junior college transcript was better than most and indicated no reason to expect anything other than academic success. He was admitted to Kansas as a regular admit with grades and transferable hours exceeding entrance requirements, yet the NCAA ruled to take away competition this year. We asked the NCAA representatives to allow Kevin to speak to them so he could show them how he had overcome adversity in life to become a proud new student, but they rejected that request.
Although I am disappointed for our team, I am much more concerned for Kevin personally. We discussed the situation with Kevin today and although it was tough to explain the rationale of the NCAA, we are moving forward turning this into a redshirt year focusing on academics.”
How does this effect the Jayhawks? According to Rivals.com, Short was the 69th ranked junior college prospect. He was also ranked the sixth best junior college cornerback prospect, according to 247Sports. He was also expected to have a starting position on the depth chart.
The NCAA’s reasoning on “it would be best spent solidifying his academics” is unclear, due to Short passing all his classes and being accepted into the University. Weis even mentioned he was “exceeding entrance requirements.”
The decision even drew the eyes of college basketball analyst and the NCAA’s number one “fan,” Jay Bilas:
NCAA makes a qualified student redshirt? http://t.co/UEbfagDuqf That is a judgment for the school to make, and not the function of NCAA.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) September 13, 2013